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Comedy Night fund-raiser at Giggles returns on Wednesday

Comedian Dave Russo and Giggles Comedy Club in Saugus will again host Globe Santa Comedy Night. It will be held Wednesday. Above: Russo at last year’s event.
Comedian Dave Russo and Giggles Comedy Club in Saugus will again host Globe Santa Comedy Night. It will be held Wednesday. Above: Russo at last year’s event.(Justin Saglio for The Boston Globe/File)

Pizza. Laughter. Generosity. More pizza.

That’s a recipe that has made the annual Globe Santa Comedy Night at Giggles Comedy Club a success for the past six holiday seasons, and it looks likely to sell out the Saugus standup spot again when the charity show returns Wednesday, according to Dave Russo, the event’s host and organizer.

“We’ve already half sold out, the first day we put the tickets out for sale,” said Russo, a Malden native and host of “Russo on the Road,” in a phone interview a week before the show.

Fans keep returning each year to the comedy night at Giggles, located inside the family-owned Prince Pizzeria, and so do standup comics. There’s a core group of established local favorites — including Russo, Lenny Clarke, Anthony Scibelli, and friends of theirs — that comes back year after year.


“It really is just a place for our comedian friends that are always on the road, we don’t usually get to work with each other,” Russo said. “So during the holiday season, we’re usually all visiting our family and friends in the Boston area [and get a chance to perform together]. . . . We always have all-stars for the show.”

In addition to Russo, Clarke, and Scibelli, this year’s lineup includes Paul D’Angelo, Kelly MacFarland, Paul Gilligan, Carolyn Plummer, Juston McKinney, and Artie Januario, but Russo said comedy fans should expect even more entertainers to show up.

“I’ve already [heard from] four or five other comedians — ‘Hey, you mind if I stop by and donate my time?’ ” he said. “Globe Santa really has become a get-together for all the best Boston comedians to get together — everyone’s invited — to raise some money for some kids that are less fortunate.”

In addition to a slate of both established and up-and-coming comedians, there will be lots of pizza donated for the event — just as the performers donate their time — by the Castraberti family, which owns Prince Pizzeria. Russo said everyone involved has a shared motivation for their generosity.


“It’s about the kids. It’s about the families. It’s about the holidays,” Russo said. “It’s really about being grateful, and being thankful, and about giving back to those that are really less fortunate. I’ll tell you, man, the comedians that I have this year and every year love this event. We’re kids, man; we’re big kids.”

A program of the Boston Globe Foundation, Globe Santa has delivered toys and gifts to thousands of children across Eastern Massachusetts since 1956, thanks to the generosity of people, businesses, organizations, schools, and others who donate each year.

For the Globe Santa Comedy Night, doors will open at Giggles Comedy Club at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. The show will begin at 8 p.m. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased at the door or at, with proceeds going directly to Globe Santa.

Anyone who can’t attend but who wants to help make Christmas more joyful for deserving children can donate by mail, telephone, or online at

Jeremy C. Fox can be reached at Follow Globe Santa on Twitter @GlobeSanta